In cooking, chives are commonly used as a herb or to garnish dishes. The chive plant has long green stems and bright purple flowers which are also edible! They are closely related to garlic, shallots, leeks, and spring onions. They have a mild taste and are used to enhance other flavours.
They are commonly sold freshly cut in the vegetable section, but can also be found uncut as a plant or dried. When buying chives make sure they are fresh with no signs of wilting.
The chive plant is really easy to take care of and it grows really fast, making it a great addition to any windowsill herb garden. The plant also attracts bees and acts as a repellent for pests.
Finely chop them with a sharp knife or a pair of scissors and add to dips, soups, potato salads, dumplings, vegetable salads and many other dishes.